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Re: "what's it fer?"



good and thoughtful answers, Malcom.  Good for you.

bertha rogers


> I don't contribute often, but I wanted to say three things about this
> "what's it fer?" discussion.  That way I can offend just about everyone.
>
> 1)  If you are doing art for art's sake, do anything you feel moved to do.
> You don't need to explain it to anyone, or understand it yourself.  Love the
> process, but don't expect understanding or sales (unless it is from someone
> who is trying to impress people with their pseudo-understanding of culture).
>
> 2) If you are making artist books to communicate something, you need to be
> ready to explain what you are trying to say.  Not everyone will have the
> same outlook on life (they haven't lived your life).  If you have too
> different an outlook, you will be doing a lot of explaining and better have
> another source for lunch money.
>
> 3)  If you bind books like I do, the answer is "you read them."  For me, the
> book is, ultimately, a vehicle of the written word.  The binding,
> typography, lay-out, illustrations, everything is subordinate to the ideas
> that are communicated through the words themselves.  I question the value of
> a book without anything written in it (or at least pictures that tell a
> story/communicate ideas).  Sorry if this is too radical, but it seems
> obvious to me.
>
> Final thought.  Some have talked about how their art is valuable even if no
> one understands it.  Sorry, value is in the eye of the consumer.  If your
> audience doesn't understand it, if they don't know what to do with it, if
> they don't think it is valuable, it is worth less than the materials it is
> made from.  If you have to explain it to everyone, maybe change needs to
> begin a lot closer than that "rube" standing there asking "what's it fer?"
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